About

Research interests

Dead wood, species interactions and successions, entomology, mycology, molecular and community ecology, metabarcoding: high-throughput sequencing and molecular identification, host selection, trophic and chemical ecology and fungivory of insects, in particular of Coleoptera in wood-inhabiting fungi, interaction webs, databases, biodiversity informatics, nature conservation, boreal, temperate, and montane ecosystems.

CV

As a coleopterist / wood ecologist studying beetles and wood-decaying fungi, I received MSc and CSc (∼PhD) in entomology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, supervised by Prof. R.D. Zhantiev, and my second PhD in plant biology (mycology) at the University of Helsinki in 2009 with Dr. Tuomo Niemelä. My doctoral studies of fungus–beetle interactions in the LUOMUS – Finnish Museum of Natural History contributed to the PUTTE research programme for deficiently known and threatened forest species. In 2009, I joined Prof. Otso Ovaskainen and Prof. Ilkka Hanski in the Metapopulation Research Centre to explore mycelial interactions of wood-decaying fungi in fallen and living trees. Work with species interaction and taxonomic databases brought me to TDWG and to GBIF, where I work as a Scientific officer since 2014.

My current work focuses on global biodiversity data and scientific users in GBIF. In research, three major study lines are beetle fungivory, disclosing biodiversity in dead wood with metabarcoding, and international programmes in higher education. Three smaller work lines are mycology, conservation, and outreach — see Projects for more details on my research, teaching, collaborations, students, and funding, and see Map for expeditions. I have authored and co-authored over 60 publications, including 30+ papers in the international peer-reviewed journals as well as 3 books, some species inventory reports, and scientific illustrations, and contributed to 70 book translations in natural history.

Work & study

2014 Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Secretariat
2008 Metapopulation Research Group, University of Helsinki
2002 LUOMUS – Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki
1995 Department of Entomology, Lomonosov Moscow State University
1993 Moscow State 57 School
1985 Moscow School 1234

Degrees & titles

2014 Adjunct professor (docent) of Mycology, University of Helsinki
2009 PhD in Plant Biology (mycology), University of Helsinki
2003 CSc in Entomology, Lomonosov Moscow State University
2000 MSc in Zoology, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Positions of trust

GBIF Scientific officer
GBIF delegate to the XXIII Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Principal investigator of the Academy of Finland Postoctoral project

Academic awards

2018 #Top20Article Biological Revews (in a team), Wiley
2017
National award: science publication (in a team), Ministry of Culture and Education, Finland
2016 Nature book of the year (in a team) — Metsän salainen elämä, WWF Finland
2013 Excellence in Reviewing – Elsevier: Fungal Ecology & British Mycological Society
1998 Excellent performance “Polypore beetles of Moscow Region”, IFAW Russia

Editor

AST-Astrel
Biodiversity Data Journal
Coleoptera Poloniae
Earth System Science Data
Metagenomics & Metabarcoding
Mycology
GBIF reports on data fitness for use
GBIF Documentation Editorial Panel

Reviewer

Annales Botanici Fennici
Biodiversity and Conservation
Biodiversity Data Journal
Biodiversity Information Science and Standards
Biological Reviews
Diversity and Distributions
Ecography
Ecological Informatics
Fungal Ecology
Insect Conservation and Diversity
IPBES
Karstenia
La Terre et la Vie
Nature Communications
Peerage of Science
Studia forestalia Slovenica
Systematic Biology

Facilitation

EventYearCountryCoordination
biodiversity_next2019NetherlandsProgram committee
XVIII Congress of European Mycologists2019PolandProgram committee
GBIC2: II Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference2018DenmarkSession
Information Technologies in the Research of Biodiversity; conference2018RussiaProgram committee, Session
XVII Congress of European Mycologists2011GreeceSession

Profiles

Facebook ξ group on wood biology
Flickr profile
Google Scholar publications
iNaturalist profile
LinkedIn
profile
ORCID ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-2919-1168
Publons profile
ResearchGate profile
Twitter profile
University of Helsinki TUHAT
MSU Lomonosov Mentors Club profile

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